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What's the best time to put a 3 month old down to bed?

I usually put her down at 10pm in hopes that I don't have to get up until 5am or so. But she gets really fussy around 8pm so I'm wondering if I need to put her down earlier. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated!


Asked by hollysmom77 at 8:37 PM on Mar. 11, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • Right around that age is when we started moving it up... just like you said -- from around 10 pm (when I went to bed) up to about 8pm. That sounds right on track. You may have to get up a little earlier for a short while, but my guess is the earlier bedtime will help her stretch out that first stretch even longer. Now's a great time to focus on a good routine, as others have said. Right around 4 months is when they start paying attention... so it's a good idea for you to be happy with what you're doing right around that 16 month time-frame, because baby will notice if you change it. That was the best advice I got as a first-time parent. We transitioned her to her crib in her room by 16 months and it went great.

    Answer by EmilySusan at 8:55 PM on Mar. 11, 2010

  • if she gets tired at 8, put her down at 8! my dd was going to bed at 8 by 4wks. she was my second. my ds i would let him stay up late, haha i learned my lesson! thankfully i figured it out by 5 months, so he had a routine going and went to bed at 8 at that age. better start a routine now, or you'll be paying for it in the future

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:40 PM on Mar. 11, 2010

  • if she's fussy, put her to bed. Our DD has been going to bed by 7:30 since the night we brought her home. I agree with the PP about the routine-- get her in a routine now-- used to an early bedtime, or you'll NEVER get one down.

    Answer by christaberk at 8:45 PM on Mar. 11, 2010

  • When baby is tired. That has nothing to do with the clock...annoyingly. babies can't tell time and don't know when they've woken us form a great dream! **grin**

    Answer by gdiamante at 8:46 PM on Mar. 11, 2010

  • My daughter is a little over 3 months, gets tired at 7-7:30, is asleep by 8 & she wakes up between 5 & 6. I don't think you should keep a baby up so they wake up later, that's not really fair. I've just learned to go to bed early or deal with the lack of sleep.

    Answer by Wheepingchree at 7:17 AM on Mar. 12, 2010